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Orientation Workshop on Comprehensive GIS MARPs Mapping

The USAID-funded Orientation Workshop on Comprehensive GIS Mapping for most-at-risk population (MARPs) in 11 High Burden Operational Districts in Cambodia was organized in Sunway Hotel on 16 August 2013. Ninety-one representatives from government counterparts, NGO partners, UN and donors were present in this workshop. 

The workshop introduced a plan of the HIV Flagship Project to develop comprehensive maps of all EE and hotspot sites including breakdown of MARPs by category, to enumerate the number of MARPs; therein, entertainment workers (EWs), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG), people who inject drug (PWID) and people who use drug (PWUD), to identify overlapping risks observed amongst them at each location and prepare detailed profiles of these locations and to identify health, non-health services and condom outlets available for MARPs.

“ HIV/AIDS Flagship is preparing to conduct GIS mapping exercise of Most at Risk Populations. The mapping aims to collect data on EW, MSM, TG, PWUD and PWID, to assess overlapping risk factors, to check for availability of health and non-health services, and condom in selected high burden ODs,” said Dr. Oum Sopheap, Executive Director of KHANA, and Representative of HIV/AIDS Flagship Consortium

“The GIS maps will help assure that Cambodia’s HIV response is targeted at the right places, at the right times, with the right design of health and non-health services for MARPs and their partners.  The data derived from the GIS exercise will support cost-effective management and more efficient coordination by implementers.  For example, the GIS information will indicate the best times for offering services conveniently to MARPs as well as how to avoid overlapping or duplicative service coverage,” said Pamela Teichman, USAID Representative.

“A Mapping Core Group (MCG) led by NCHADS in close collaboration with  UNAIDS, WHO, US-CDC, USAIDs, and Flagship Consortium Partners (KHANA, FHI360 and PSI) will identify priority prevention areas for MARPs, decide where the mapping exercise will be implemented, identify key information to be collected, and develop roadmaps for implementation,” said H.E. Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, Director of NCHADS. He welcomed initiatives of GIS Mapping of MARPs by using a comprehensive technology.

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